Russell Shorto

New Amsterdam Figured Out Tolerance 361 Years Ago

New York Times, op-ed

by Russell Shorto

June 27, 2018

We’ve been here before: America had a travel ban” crisis more than three and a half centuries ago, and it was resolved, pragmatically, with an appeal to the universal principle of religious freedom. That case should serve as a touchstone for those who are saddened and outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on admitting people from selected mostly Muslim countries.